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04-08-2015

Another Clarkson University Student Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Another Clarkson University honors student has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and three other Clarkson students have received honorable mentions.

Left to right: Kaitlin Dunn (honorable mention), Michael Lee (Goldwater Scholar), Tyler Hitchman (honorable mention) and Brittany Snyder (honorable mention).Michael Lee '16, an aeronautical engineering major from Oneonta, N.Y., has been named a Goldwater Scholar.

Kaitlin Dunn '17, a physics and electrical engineering double major from Penfield, N.Y.; Tyler Hitchman ‘16, a biomolecular science major from Potsdam, N.Y.; and Brittany Snyder ’16, a biomolecular science major from Newport, N.Y., have been awarded honorable mentions.

Including this year’s scholar, 31 Clarkson University students have received this highly coveted award since the scholarships were first awarded in 1989. This is the 16th consecutive year that Clarkson Honors Program students have received Goldwaters.

Clarkson is one of the top five colleges and universities for the number of Goldwater Scholars in the past five years in New York state and one of only 27 institutions nationwide to win a Goldwater every year since 2005.

The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the United States given to undergraduates who demonstrate “outstanding potential," studying in mathematics, science and engineering. Only 260 scholarships were awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Michael Lee, a graduate of Oneonta High School, is a junior majoring in aeronautical engineering with a minor in philosophy. He is a member of the Honors Program and is a teaching assistant for the first-year honors courses in ethics. In the summer after his first year, Lee began researching nonplanar wing aerodynamics under the guidance of Assoc. Prof. Kenneth Visser. This research, which was also the subject of Lee’s Goldwater proposal, has yielded preliminary results that suggest a new relationship between wing bending and efficiency. He is continuing his work on this project to explore potential reductions in subsonic drag components at cruise conditions; he hopes that one day his research can help improve the efficiency of the aviation industry. Lee plans to pursue a doctorate in aerodynamics or aeronautical engineering and eventually conduct research in aerodynamics and plane design in industry and academia.

Kaitlin Dunn, a graduate of Penfield High School, is a sophomore double majoring in electrical engineering and physics and a member of the Honors Program. She has conducted research at Clarkson University under Prof. William Jemison since her freshman year. Her work on hybrid lidar-radar has included advancing the development of an underwater lidar-based imaging system. This summer, Dunn will be researching quantum optics at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Erlangen, Germany, through a research internship granted by the DAAD RISE program. She plans to earn a Ph.D. in optics and conduct research in biomedical optics at the university level.

Tyler Hitchman, a graduate of Potsdam Central High School, is a junior majoring in biomolecular science with a minor in mathematics. Currently, he works as an undergraduate teaching assistant for freshman chemistry. After freshman year, Tyler began research under the mentorship of Prof. Craig Woodworth, where he researched the comparative sensitivity to apoptosis of cells from different regions of the cervix. Hitchman’s Goldwater proposal expands on his previous research and details the importance of quantifying apoptotic regulating proteins that contribute to cell death resistance in cervical cells. At the start of his junior year, Hitchman also joined Assoc. Prof. Artem Melman’s laboratory, where he is working to synthesize small molecules capable of chelating iron in cancer cells. This summer, he will be working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in a lab that focuses on the development and testing of novel therapeutic approaches to lung cancer. Hitchman plans to obtain a Ph.D. in biomedical science and conduct research in cancer therapy at the industrial or collegiate level.

Brittany Snyder, a graduate of West Canada Valley Central High School, is a junior majoring in biomolecular science with a minor in cognitive neuroscience. She is a member of the Honors Program. She began her undergraduate research career in the summer before entering the Clarkson School, Clarkson University’s early college program. She conducted research under the mentorship of Prof. Devon Shipp on biodegradable polymers for controlled drug delivery and has continued on this project since then. In addition, last summer she completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in biological sciences at the Wadsworth Center, where she worked on mycobacterial genetics. Snyder’s Goldwater proposal is on the suitability of thiol-ene polyanhydrides as a controlled drug delivery system. This summer, she will be completing an internship in organic chemistry and chemical biology at the University of Jena in Germany provided by the American Chemical Society (ACS) International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program. Snyder plans to pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and conduct research in biomedical science and teach at the university level.

Clarkson’s Honors Program is an intensive four-year curriculum for exceptionally talented students. The University admits only 40 new students to the Honors Program each year.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Another Clarkson University honors student has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and three other Clarkson students have received honorable mentions. Left to right: Kaitlin Dunn (honorable mention), Michael Lee (Goldwater Scholar), Tyler Hitchman (honorable mention) and Brittany Snyder (honorable mention).

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/goldwater2015.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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